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Public Safety> Smith’s customers’ fuel bonuses are getting lifted

By Tris DeRoma

There’s a pretty sneaky scam involving your “Smith’s Rewards” card that’s spreading fast out there.
Fortunately, it’s very easy to stop.
Some scam artists out there are taking advantage of the fact that Los Alamos is a small town with one major grocery store chain.
According to the victims, dishonest motorists are using residents’ phone numbers to get discounts on gas.
The way it works is pretty simple: those signing up for a Smith’s card are asked to give an alternative, 10-digit ID number. Unfortunately, many people are using their phone numbers because they are so easy to remember.
Since Los Alamos is a small town with just one grocery store chain, scammers just roll up to the gas stations that accept Smith’s cards, plug in a 505-662 number and often get “lucky.”
Of course, when the legitimate owner of the Smith’s card tries to cash in their points, which can be as much as $1 per gallon off their fill-up, they often get a rude awakening. All those points they think they’ve accumulated through buying groceries are gone.
“Unfortunately, this is a small enough community they can just go through the phonebook, pick a number and if it works, keep using it,” said one victim, who asked not to be identified.

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